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Friday, August 3, 2007

Virginia Sharply Increases Fees for Traffic Convictions

Starting July 1, 2007, Virginia courts started assessing “civil remedial fees” against Virginia residents convicted of certain misdemeanor or felony traffic violations on Virginia highways. These new fees will be assessed in addition to the existing fines for such traffic convictions, and will be used to fund the Commonwealth’s various transportation needs. These fees will be imposed in three equal parts: you’ll have to pay the first part immediately upon conviction, the second part within 14 months of conviction, and the third part within 26 months of conviction.

It’s essential to get legal counsel to represent you in traffic court if you’re charged with a traffic violation carrying a civil remedial fee. Why? An experienced attorney can greatly reduce the chances that you’ll be convicted of the violation and be required to pay the associated fee—thus decreasing the total costs associated with your offense.

Here’s a list of several traffic violations and the associated civil remedial fees:

VIOLATION FEE
Driving with a suspended or revoked license $750
Driving without a driver’s license $900
Aggressive Driving $1,050
Reckless driving (misdemeanor) $1,050
Reckless driving (felony) $3,000
DWI/DUI (first or second offense) $2,250
DWI/DUI (third offense) $3,000


For a complete list of traffic violations carrying civil remedial fees, click here.

If you’ve been charged with a violation subject to these new civil fees and want representation, contact Gross & Romanick, P.C. at (703) 273-1400 or visit our website at www.gross.com.